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So my grandfather, who I grew up with, passed away two years ago. I just recently found out my grandmother still has his pistol he carried everyday while working a night-shift for the Sun-Times in downtown Chicago.

Here's a few pics. This is my first firearm that I have owned, I have fired a variety of guns on separate occasions but never bought or owned one before.

According to some real quick googling and some youtube videos, it seems to be a pretty reliable and well-liked sidearm. Let me know your thoughts on it.

1992 Browning Arms Hi-Power 9mm Luger

And does anyone have a tip on fixing up the area where the finish has rubbed off?






 

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Very nice. :thumbup As far as touching up the holster wear, there are products like Oxpho-blue from Brownells that work okay, but it won't look exactly like the rest of the gun. If I were you, I'd leave it alone, it gives it some character.
 

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excellent, thanks! Is there any other maintenance or things to check besides the normal routine cleaning with a weapon that hasn't been fired in probably 10+ years?
 

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There shouldn't be - it's a solid, proven design and probably even has had a relatively low number of rounds through it.

I'd take it apart (google for detailed instructions if you haven't already), clean everything (an old toothbrush and Q-tips are your friends) and oil everything lightly with a good gun oil. For the barrel I'd recommend this:

http://hoppes.com/boresnake/the-boresnake

As for the holster wear - like Bojangles said, it's character. I'd leave it alone, a light oil coating will keep it from rusting :)
 

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As for historical significance - that was one of the great John Moses Browning's last designs, not put into production until after his death. The "High Power" refers to the 13 round magazine capacity which was a lot at a time when most other handguns only held 7-8 rounds. It has been the standard issue military handgun for dozens of countries since before WW2, for example the UK, Canada and Australia. The Brits are only replacing them now.

More details: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Browning_Hi-Power
 

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FINALLY GOT MY FOID CARD!!!! :punk :burnout :biggrin

Only took the state police 4 months to accomplish this amazing feat of processing my application.

Next weekend will be my first time at the range if all goes to plan. Woot!

Also going to make a trip to Cabela's (local outdoor sporting goods store, not sure if they're national) and check out their cases and holsters. The case it was supplied to me with from the family is a simple fabric zipper case, no safeguard, so thats a top priority for me even though I don't have any children, they are in my future sometime.

/online celebration.
 

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Oh right, you are in IL :lmao

Probably doesn't help that people were panicking at the beginning of this year. Took my wife 2½ months to get her Concealed Weapons License, normally it's a few weeks where we live :dunno

Cabela's is pretty widespread, I think they are in over half the states. I actually just ordered a couple of boxes of bullets from them online :)

Congrats anyway :)
 
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